Highlighting Staff: Mila Valencia, new Administrative Support Assistant to the School of Nursing

DSCN9742What brought you to CSUSM?
I always enjoy working in a university environment with faculty, staff and interacting with students. This is a great place for me to apply my experiences and knowledge in my current position as an Administrative Support Assistant.

What did you do before here?
I worked for the University of California, San Diego as an Administrative Assistant for 12 years. I provided extensive administrative support to various departments under Student Affairs: Student Health, Undergraduate Admissions, and Pediatrics (off-campus).  I also have extensive training and experience in HIPPA, electronic medical records, medical, pharmaceutical and birth defects terminology, FERPA, office procedures, and mentoring college students.

What is your short-term goal?
Learn as much as I can towards my responsibilities in my current position at CSUSM.

What is your long-term goal?
Master what I’ve learned in my current position, attend any staff development classes (when necessary) that will help me professionally grow and continue to work at CSUSM.

What is your greatest accomplishment (personal or professional)?
When I worked at UCSD as a full-time staff, I had the opportunity to put myself through school at night while maintaining a career. I also took several staff development courses that helped me in my profession.

What is your favorite movie?
There’s actually 3: Wonder Woman, James Bond series (Daniel Craig) and Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What is your favorite food?
Italian

What is your favorite book?
Lord of the Rings Trilogy

What is the proudest/happiest moment of your life?
There’s actually two happiest moments in my life: having my significant other and Jax, our K-9 son 8-year-old, English Parson Jack Russell.

What is your favorite thing about working at CSUSM?
I always look forward to working with my colleagues and interacting with the students on campus.

What would you like to do when you retire?
I would like to travel to other places that I haven’t visited before: starting with exploring U.S. Southern and Eastern states, and travel and the world as much as I can.

Who is the most famous person you ever met?
In July 2007, I was at a Boney James Concert, presented by Smooth Jazz FM 98.1 (at the time) in Thornton Winery, Temecula, CA. While I was waiting in line to get my cd sign from Boney James, I met a freelance photographer who took photos of famous smooth jazz performers during the Jazz Season. We conversed a little bit, but the photographer was missing significant other who became “M.I.A”. Photographer asked me if I could save their place in line and I did just that. When the significant other was found, the photographer had me choose 5 different photos of Boney James. I’ve chosen the best one. Then photographer wanted me to go ahead because I kept their place in line.  I had the opportunity of having an autograph that said: “ To Mila…. From, Boney James”